Blinds Chalet Expands Efforts to Educate Parents about Child Safety and Window Blinds & Shades

May 28 2010

Months have passed since the recall of more than 50 million Roman Shades and Roll-up blinds. The recall came as the result of the deaths of five infants and many more near strangulations over the past four years. Children have been getting caught in the dangling cords that help raise and lower these blinds.

Now, nearly five months later, parents still have questions and other parents are uninformed as to the dangers of dangling blinds. The following is an attempt to clarify questions parents may have.

•    How can I tell if my blinds could be a danger to my children? Inspect each and every window treatment in your house to see if there are any cords or lines dangling. The cords are usually found hanging to the right or left of the blind and are used to raise and lower the blind.

•    What types of window treatments are safe to install? Cordless window blinds and shades are the safest to install. They use the bottom rail of the window treatment for raising and lowering them, eliminating hazardous cords.

•    What if I can’t afford new window treatments? The Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits for all types of blinds as well as instructions as to how to install them- http://www.windowcoverings.org/

“We hope that people will spread the word about the importance of child safety when it comes to blinds and shades,” says Ron Manwaring of Blinds Chalet. “It’s also important to remember that dangling cords are only a danger when they hang at levels where children can reach them.”

Blinds Chalet has a safety section on their website that talks about the dangers of blinds with cords. They also offer over twenty styles of cordless window blinds and shades.

Blinds Chalet has been a leader in the window treatment industry for over twenty-five years. They offer a wide selection of window treatments, window blinds and drapery. Blinds Chalet is constantly updating their line of merchandise to keep up with changing trends.

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